Maulaya Bharmal: Maulaya Bharmal's forefathers wre kings in India. He and Maulaya Tarmal accepted 'iman' as propagated by Maulaya Abdullah and both extended 'khidmat' tirelessly in the spread of 'iman'. Hence, as a 'sawab' Allah bestowed them with 'doat kiram' and 'hudud' in their 'nasal' (progeny).
Maulaya Yaaqub bin Maulaya Bharmal: He was the second 'Wali-ul-Hind'. He was groomed by Maulaya Abdullah - the first 'Wali-ul-Hind' - to be his successor. He spread the 'Dawaat' in secrecy.
Maulaya Ishaq bin Maulaya Yaaqub: He was the third 'Wali-ul-Hind'. Like his father Maulaya Yaaqub, he also spread the 'Dawaat' discreetly.
Maulaya Ali bin Maulaya Ishaq: He was the fourth 'Wali-ul-Hind'. Maulaya Ali was a great scholar. He groomed his son Maulaya Dawood and also Maulaya Hassan-Fir-Shaheed and Maulaya Adam for the 'khidmat' of the 'Dawaat'. He initiated the settling of moomineen in Ahmedabad along with Ahmed Shah, Maulaya Adam Khwaja Kala and Sheikh Mujal.
Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed bin Maulaya Tarmal: Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed was sent to the towns in the district of Waghar by Maulaya Yaaqub the third 'Wali-ul-Hind' to spread "Dawaat'. In the month of Moharram, he held Imam Hussain's 'waaz' and accepted the 'wajebat' of moomineen in Galyakot. On the 27th of Moharram he left Galyakot, but was attacked by bandits near a lake. Inspite of putting up a bold front, he was slain. He is a personage of 'mojizaat' who is able to overcome any difficulties. Due to the 'barakaat' of his and ancestors 'khidmat' he was blessed with 'doat' and 'hudud kiram' in his progeny. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb (TUS) is a descendent of Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed and so are 'hudud kiram' like Syedi Shamas Khan and Syedi Hasanji Badshah.
Maulaya Daud bin Maulaya Fakhruddin Shaheed: Maulaya Daud was sent to Wagar from Patan by Maulaya Yaaqub following the 'shahadat' of Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed. His 'qabr mubarak' is in the 'sahen' of his father's 'mazar'.
Syedi Hassan-Fir-Shaheed bin Maulaya Ali: He was the great, great grandson of Maulaya Bharmal and became the fifth 'Wali-ul-Hind'. He lived during the era of Syedna Abdullah Fakhruddin, the 16th Dai. The 31st Dai, Syedna Qasim Khan Zainuddin was his descendent. He was a brilliant person and well-known for his wisdom. He had answered many difficult questions during his lifetime. For example, he explained an 'ayat' which in direct translation is; - "One cannot enter 'Jannat' (Heaven) lest a camel passes through a needle-hole". He also explained the significance of 3 identical heads. There is a 'riwayat' where the Roman Emperor sent three identical heads to Feroz Shah, the king of Gujarat, to decipher which of the three heads was of greatest value. None whom the king called could solve the problem. Then he was told about Maulaya Hassan- Fir-Shaheed who was invited to solve the query. Maulaya Hassan-Fir poured water into the ear of each head. In the case of the first head, the water trickled through the mouth and he said this is the head of a 'ahmaq' (fool). For the second, it trickled through the other ear and he said this was the head of a 'jaahil'. Finally in the third it trickled through the throat into the chest and said that this was the head of an 'aaqil' (intelligent person). Hence he explained that the third head held the greatest value. The king was greatly impressed and presented him with an area of land which is now known as Denmal. He fell victim to his enemies and became 'shaheed'. His 'qabr mubarak' is in Denmal.
Maulaya Abdullah: ( Wafat 1st Muharram-ul-Haram ) He was a Dai during the reign of Imam Mustansir Billah (SA) who came to Hind together with Maulaya Ahmad in 467 H. Maulaya Abdullah is the forefather of Syedi Hassan Feer Saheb in whose nasal were several doats including our Dai-uz-zamaan Syedna Mohamad Burhanuddin Saheb (TUS). Maulaya Abdullah worked tirelessly to explain to the people the true 'iman' and to show them the folly of idol worship. In one instance he felled an idol in the form of an elephant which was suspended in mid-air by magnetic forces, by removing the magnets. He brought 'iman' to the people of Khambat, including such notables like Maulaya Tarmal, Maulaya Bharmal, Raja Sidraj Singh and 25,000 others. He was bestowed the 'sharaf' of performing 'mojiza' (miracles). Among the miracles were:
Maulaya Ahmad: (Wafat 10th Muharram-ul-Haram) He was the companion of Maulaya Abdullah and assisted him in the propagation of 'Iman'.
Kaka Akela and Kaki Akeli: They were the first to accept the 'dawaat' as preached by Maulaya Abdullah and Maulaya Ahmad.
Maulaya Nooruddin: (Wafat 11th Jamadil Ula) He was also a companion of Maulaya Abdullah And was sent to the towns of Deccan for spreading the 'iman'.
Adab of Performing Ziyarat
This city in Gujerat has the most number of ziyarats of doats, walis and numerous 'shohada' and as such it is sometimes referred to as 'Chhoti Karbala'. The following nine doats are only described below:
Syedna Jalal Shamsuddin Bin Maulaya Hasan (RA): Syedna Jalal had the 'sharaf' of doing 'khidmat' for the last Dai in Yeman - 23rd Dai, Syedna Mohammad Izzuddin (RA). He was the second Dai in Hind, but was the first to pass away in India. Syedna Jalal was bestowed 'nas' by Syedna Yusuf Najmuddin (RA) who was the first Dai in Hind but whose 'wafaat' was in Yemen. The 'nas' was bestowed in a letter from Yemen and he was in office for only a period of four months. Prior to his elevation as a Dai, he was a 'wali-ul-hind' for about 20 years while Syedna Yusuf was in Yemen. His tenure of office was during the time of Mogul King Mohammad Shah III. Many plots were hatched by the 'dawaat's' enemies and he was exposed to a great deal of suffering. Twice Syedna Jalal saw 'Imamuzzaman' in his dream and he bestowed 'nas' on the 26th and 27th Dais.
Syedna Dawood Bin Ajabshah Burhanuddin (RA): He acquired his ilm in Yemen from Syedna Yusuf Najmuddin. His reign was very glorious and he used to travel in splendour, despite the restrictions placed on the 'dawaat' by the Mogul rulers of that era. During his reign, there were 28 'mohallas' in Ahmedabad and moomineen were found in 140 towns. It was also during his time that an ayat which was omitted from the 'azaan' was recited again in public. Syedna Dawood also restored the library in Yemen and he built a masjid in Sarangpur Mohalla and also a palace in Ahmedabad. He bestowed 'nas' upon Syedna Dawood Bin Qutubshah.
Syedna Dawood Bin Qutubshah (RA): It was during his reign that a schism occured between the moomineen and the reason we are now known as DAWOODI BOHRAS. The split was due to Suleiman Bin Hasan who although at first acknowledged Syedna Dawood as the rightful Dai and successor of Syedna Dawood Ajabshah, later plotted against him. As a result of this differences, it caused a great deal of agony to the 'dai-uz-zaman' and moomineen. Syedna Dawood had to remain in hiding for four years. Later the Mogul King, Akbar, acknowledged Syedna Dawood as the rightful Dai and he remained on the 'takht' for fifteen years. He was ill before his 'wafaat' and bestowed 'nas' on Syedna Sheikh Adam Safiuddin. The 'qabr mubarak' of his consort Rani Aisaheba, who is also the mother of two Dais, Syedna Tayeb Zakiuddin (RA) and Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed (RA), is beside him.
Syedna Sheikh Adam Safiuddin (RA): He served four 'Doatul Kiram' - from Syedna Yusuf Najmuddin (24th Dai) to Syedna Dawood Bin Qutubshah (27th Dai). His most significant contribution was during the reign of his predecessor Syedna Dawood Bin Qutubshah, where he tirelessly worked to defend the 'dawaat' from Suleiman and his henchmen, by sacrificing his wealth and personal safety. He was imprisoned several times often bound in chains and hung up-side down and whipped. He used his ilm to protect the 'dawaat' and constantly gave 'hidaayat' to moomineen. Even when he ascended the 'dawaat's takht', he was harassed by his enemies. He bestowed 'nas' upon Syedna Abdul Tayeb Zakiuddin (RA).
Syedna Abdul Tayeb Zakiuddin (RA): He was the son of Syedna Dawood Bin Qutubshah. Like his illustrious father, he also had to endure schism during his reign - where Ali bin Ibrahim formed the Alia sect and seperated from Daawat-ul-Haq. While his father was in seclusion, Syedna Abdul Tayeb Zakiuddin, together with other 'hudud kiraam' worked tirelessly to protect the daawat. He bestowed 'nas' on Syedna Ali Shamsuddin (RA) whose ziarat is in Yemen.
Syedna Qasimkhan Zainuddin: He is a descendent of Syedi Hassan Feer Shaheed. He served five Doatul Kiraam - from Syedna Dawood Bin Ajabshah to Syedna Ali Shamsuddin. He was bestowed 'nas' by Syedna Ali Shamsuddin.
Syedna Qutubkhan Qutbuddin: He is a martyr amongst the Doats. His 'shahadaat' was prophesied by Rasulullah and also by his father, Syedna Dawood Bin Qutubshah when he was still an infant. His sufferings and 'khidmat' to the 'daawat' is well-known. (I shall post an article on him very soon.)
Syedna Feerkhan Shujauddin (RA): He and the moomineen during his time endured great hardships and were prevented from following the 'shariat' and were forced to wear ivory and shave off their beards. Nevertheless, with the tireless efforts of Doatul Kiraam, moomineen remained steadfast on the 'shariat'. Syedna Feerkhan was also taken prisoner by the Mogul ruler, laeen Aurangzeb and was kept in the stable, and when the stable caught fire, the spot where Syedna was, remained untouched. After the death of laeen Aurengzeb, moomineen found peace. Syedna Feerkhan Shujauddin bestowed 'nas' upon Syedna Ismail Badruddin bin Maulai Raj - whose ziarat is in Jamnagar.
Syedna Abdul Hussain Hussamuddin (AQ): He acquired his 'ilm' from Syedi Abdeali Immaduddin. Syedna Abdullah Badruddin (AQ) (50th Dai) and Syedi Abdeali Mohyuddin acquired 'ilm' from him. They in turn passed on the 'ilm' to the 51st Dai, Syedna Taher Saifuddin (AQ). Syedna Abdul Hussain Hussamuddin became 'Mukasire Daawat' at the age of 32 years and was elevated to 'Mazoon-e-Daawat' four years later. He succeeded Syedna Abdul Qader Najmuddin (AQ) as the 48th Dai. Syedna Abdul Hussain Hussamuddin had a lot of concern for moomineen. He used to travel to 'moomineens bilad' (towns) and settle the daawat's debt.